The Reality of My Surroundings

The Reality of My Surroundings

Fishbone's follow-up to their groundbreaking Truth and Soul further refined their penetrating smash-up of funk, rock, and ska while deepening the social commentary. As complex as the music was in style and message, the band tied it together with effortless joy and nuance: "Everyday Sunshine" is one of the alt-rock era's most ecstatic anthems, "Fight the Youth" is a heavy-metal-soul rallying cry, and "Housework" is an irresistible conflation of too many styles to enumerate. This is American music at its most syncretic and smart.

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